Nixon extends emergency declaration to aid natural disaster relief

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 | 5:00 p.m. CDT; updated 2:15 p.m. CDT, Sunday, July 24, 2011

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Jay Nixon has extended an emergency declaration for Missouri for an additional three months.

Nixon said the emergency declaration allows the state to better assist residents and communities as floodwaters rise along the Missouri River and recovery continues from other recent flooding and tornadoes.

Missouri has been hard-hit by a series of storms and floods since April. Nixon's emergency declaration would have expired June 20, but his spokesman Scott Holste said Wednesday that with the governor's extension last week, the emergency declaration will run until Sept. 15.

Nixon also extended several other executive orders related to disaster response and recovery efforts.

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